Alumni Travel Program

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The Villanova University Alumni Association is thrilled to re-launch our travel program! Explore destinations around the world with Villanova alumni, family and friends.


We invite the entire Villanova community to join us as we celebrate the University’s traditions and values through our alumni travel program. Our trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special events and, most importantly, traveling with your fellow Wildcats.

To learn more, please contact our Travel Program Coordinator, Sarah Doody, at alumnitravel@villanova.edu or 904-432-3141. 


 

Upcoming 2023 Programs
 

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Getaway to Iceland

March 4-8, 2023

Price: From $3,499 per person (based on double occupancy; includes roundtrip international airfare)
Trip Status: Taking reservations; register online

Iceland, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, is a country full of contrasts. From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, spectacular scenery to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge and explore.

Watch a video about this trip.

What’s Included:  

  • Round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, JFK or IAD including all customs fees and airport taxes;
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel including all hotel taxes and service charges;
  • Four breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners
  • All transportation and all airport transfers; 
  • Tour director throughout program


 

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The Great Journey Through Europe: Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands

June 28 - July 9, 2023

Price: From $4,195 per person (based on double occupancy; cost does not include airfare)
Trip Status: Taking reservations

This extraordinary 11-day “Grand Tour” of Europe features a unique combination of river, rail, lake and mountain travel including five nights aboard the new, deluxe Amadeus Imperial. Journey through Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands while cruising the Rhine River. Spend two nights each in Lucerne and Zermatt. Ride aboard three legendary railways—the Pilatus Railway, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, the Gornergrat Bahn for views of the Matterhorn and the Glacier Express from Andermatt to Zermatt.

Watch a video about this trip.

What’s Included:

  • Six-night cruise from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Basel, Switzerland;
  • Complimentary wine and beer served with lunch and dinner;
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting);
  • Two nights in the delightful chalet style Schweizerhof Zermatt
  • Two nights in a luxury hotel in Lucerne with a walking tour of the city; scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne and panoramic Mount Pilatus gondola ascent;
  • Rail journey aboard the scenic Gornergrat Bahn, one of the most picturesque train rides in the world, with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.


 

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The Galápagos Islands: 8 Days or Wonder and Amazement

July 18-25, 2023

Price: From $4,995 per person (based on double occupancy; cost does not include airfare)
Trip Status: Taking reservations; register online

See the Galápagos as Darwin did—aboard an expedition ship equipped to give you the most engaging experience possible. Voyage from island to island and make fresh discoveries daily on our eight-day expedition. Hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise to and around intriguing islands. Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest expedition vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine and outstanding naturalists to introduce you to the diverse inhabitants of these islands.

Download brochure | Watch a video about this trip

What’s Included:

  • Three nights of hotel accommodations and four nights aboard the Isabela II;
  • A welcome reception in Quito
  • Seven breakfasts, six lunches and four dinners (served with housewine), including a farewell dinner;
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boards, shorty wetsuits and snorkeling equipment;
  • Internal airfare (from Quito to the islands on day three, and return to Quito on day seven);
  • Gratuities to local guides, hotel porters and drivers in Quito and the Galapagos Islands;
  • All airport transfers 


 

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Highlights of Kenya

November 3-11, 2023

Price: From $3,899 per person (based on double-occupancy; cost does not include airfare)
Trip Status: Taking reservations; register online

Unparalleled wildlife viewing, top-rated lodges and gracious local people all await your small group “on safari” in alluring Kenya. This program is for anyone seeking a “quick fix” and an immersion into open savanna plains, a high density of wildlife and warm hospitality.

Download brochure | Watch a video about this trip

What’s Included:

  • Six nights of hotel accommodations in Lodges and a day-room on November 10;
  • All airport meet and greets, plus transfers in Nairobi;
  • Full time local Tour Director;
  • Hiking in Hell’s Gate National Park.

Required International SOS Coverage

All travelers on Villanova University sponsored international travel who are not current University employees or students are required to purchase an individual International SOS Membership prior to trip departure. International SOS provides predeparture services such as vaccination requirements, required medication, and travel security information, as well as many services while traveling such as worldwide assistance, security and medical evacuation services, telephone advice from a physician and referrals to more than 68,000 global, vetted providers. Each traveler will need to purchase their individual ISOS membership directly through ISOS at buymembership.internationalsos.com and provide the policy number to the travel coordinator. In certain circumstances, any traveler who is ineligible to purchase an individual ISOS membership should secure similar coverage that includes medical and emergency evacuation and repatriation coverage, and provide evidence of such purchase.

Please contact Sarah S. Doody at alumnitravel@villanova.edu or call (904) 432-3141 for complete details.

*Villanova faculty and staff traveling with employment responsibilities are automatically covered by the University and will not need to purchase the ISOS.